When you have more than one kid, you realize how minor differences can sometimes make all the difference in the world.
#1: Kirsten using tears as leverage – extremely effective
The kids are playing and Tru reaches out to snatch a toy out of his sister’s hands.
Kirsten: That’s mine!
Tru: I take. You let me play a while ok?
Kirsten: No. I need the toy, you give me?
Tru: You must share, mei mei.
Kirsten: I’m going to cry. (proceeds to opens her mouth)
Tru: (clasps one hand over he mouth while shoving the toy back with the other hand) Ok ok, I give it back.
#2: Truett using tears as leverage – not quite so effective
The kids are playing and Kirsten reaches out to snatch a toy out of her brother’s hands.
Tru: You cannot snatch!
Kirsten: It’s mine!
Tru: I was playing first, you give it back.
Tru: I’m going to cry, ok.
Kirsten: Ok, you cry. I take tissue for you.
#1: Kirsten playing with toys
Kirsten: Duck duck, you close your eyes and sleep, I cover blankie for you.
#2: Truett playing with toys
Tru: Mommmmm, my train is broken.
Me: How did you manage to break it? It’s made of wood.
Tru: The train had an accident. I threw it on the floor.
#1: Kirsten on going to school
Kirsten: I like to go to school – I play toys, sing songs, eat rice and chicken. I feed myself very well!
#2: Truett on going to school
Truett: I got no school today right, mommy?
Me: Today’s Thursday, sweetheart, there is school today.
Truett: I think I’m not feeling well, I need to see the doctor.